Etroubles, at 1.280 m. altitude, is situated in the middle of the Great St. Bernard Valley, of which it is the most important centre.
The Valley is crossed by the Artanavaz creek and runs for about 20 Km north of Aosta.
It is closed at the head of the valley by the Pennine Alps, culminating in 4000 m high peaks, and includes several lateral valleys, including the most renowned and the only valley that can be transited with motor vehicles, which leads to the Gran St. Bernard pass.
The pass, which is an important road of communication with Switzerland and Europe, has played this important role in history, as early as the Roman Age; successively, in 1800, it was crossed by Napoleon’s army, when it marched to Marengo.
The pass is situated at slightly less than 2,500 m a.s.l. and is open to the transit of motor vehicles only in summer months; it is the right opportunity for a trip in a spectacular Alpine environment of rare beauty.
The transit for Martigny in Switzerland is guaranteed year round, on the other hand, by the underlying G.St. Bernard Tunnel.
The other lateral valleys are free from automobiles and roads and await you for stupendous excursions in nature, mountain bike riding, trekking, excursions of “Nordic Walking”, horseback riding, skiing, cross country or mountaineer skiing, or even only for a peaceful picnic with the family.
During your stay, don’t miss out on the opportunity to admire the works of world famous artists, by visiting the permanent open air show “À Etroubles avant toi sont passeés…”, which has been set up in the narrow streets of the ancient and characteristic village of Etroubles.